Cooktop Cove: How to make bacon-onion-wrapped meatball bombs (video)
By Sheree McDonald
If you've never heard of meatball bombs, you are missing out! This recipe is a twist on traditional meatballs by adding a few key ingredients. Your taste buds will definitely thank you for preparing this mouthwatering recipe.
Don't be intimidated by this delicious dish. It is very simple to make and produces wonderful results that will be a success among even the pickiest of eaters. The recipe below calls for using a smoker to cook the meatballs, but you can also use a regular oven, and we tell you how.
Bacon-Onion-Wrapped Meatball Bombs
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Total time: 2 hours
Serves: 4
1 pound ground beef
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup diced onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
2 small onions
1 pack bacon
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, chopped parsley, diced onion, garlic, panko breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and barbecue sauce. Shape the mixture into small meatballs and set aside.
2. Cut the other 2 onions in half lengthwise, and peel all the layers apart. Cover every meatball with a couple of slices of the onion, adding more ground beef to larger pieces of onions as needed. Shape them with your hands so they are as round as possible. Wrap each onion-covered meatball with 2 to 3 slices of bacon, securing them with the help of toothpicks.
3. With your smoker set to full smoke, cook for 1 hour. Then set the smoker to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for an additional 45 minutes.
Pro tip: Don't have a smoker? No problem! Alternatively, you can bake the meatballs in a baking pan at 425 F for approximately 40 minutes. Check with a meat thermometer for an internal temperature of 175 F, and your meatballs should be ready to be devoured!
Pro tip: Using the larger onion slices to wrap the meatballs makes the task easier.
Whether you are preparing this as a snack or main dish, you are definitely going to fall in love with all the juicy flavor. Share this incredible recipe with your friends!
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